Restaurant Spotlight: Acacia House by Chris Cosentino at Las Alcobas
If you've visited the Napa Valley chances that you spent some time in St. Helena are very likely. People flock from all corners of the world to visit some of the most famous Napa Wineries that reside in St. Helena; Charles Krug, Beringer and Louis Martini, to name a few. The St. Helena restaurant scene has been revered for years, so it's no surprise Top Chef Master Chris Cosentino decided to take up shop and open his first restaurant in the Napa Valley; Acacia House at Las Alcobas.
My husband and I were delighted to experience the Acacia House. We made it a point to set aside a gorgeous Sunday afternoon to leisurely make our way to St. Helena and of course had to schedule some Wine Tastings to follow our lunch! The Acacia House is located in a historic building once owned by a local farming family, restored by the Luxury Hotel Group who manages the restaurant on the grounds of the Las Alcobas Hotel.
We were treated to what I consider the best table in the house, on the wrap around porch there is a little alcove that boasts the most gorgeous views of their outdoor patio and Hwy 29. Our server was so attentive and professional, we never wanted for anything, he was always there with wine, or water, or food!! Speaking of food, we started with a selection of appetizers; Chips and Dip ($21) a delicious combination of homemade potato chips and a lebnah, caviar and gaufrettes, Hamachi Crudo ($18) with pickled strawberries, serrano and basil oil was an absolute treat and the best I saved for last, my absolute favorite appetizer dish (probably my favorite dish overall) their Grilled Cheese ($14) with gooey tallegio cheese, honey, a fried duck egg with shaved truffle on top.
The entree's were equally as inventive with a Lobster Submarine Sandwich ($26) pancetta, avocado, sundried tomato jam, arugula, lobster roe aioli & torpedo roll, Chicken Mole Torta ($18) cabbage, avocado, pickled jalapeño, queso fresco, black bean aioli & torta bread and then my favorite of the day (probably because I am gluten for punishment) the Rigatoni ($26) a seasonal dish which at the time came with fresh morel, trumpet and porcini mushrooms and the most delicious cream sauce that I soaked up with a piece of my torta roll, it was that good I add to clean the bowl....from a person who doesn't typically fall all over the place when it comes to Pasta, this says a lot!
I was very impressed with Acacia House and am excited to return for dinner and enjoy one or two of the craft cocktails that looked so devine! I definitely suggest popping by for a cocktail and appetizer or making it one of your dining locations during your visit to Napa Valley ! If your local, make the trek up valley, It was worth the drive. I wish I could eat that grilled cheese on the daily! It was THAT good. Enjoy!